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Teach Yourself Xhosa (Teach Yourself Complete Courses) [Paperback]

Beverley Kirsch , Silvia Skorge , Sindiwe Magona
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21 Nov 2003 0340871113 978-0340871119 Revised edition

Teach Yourself Xhosa is intended for all who are interested in learning one of the most widely spoken languages in South Africa. It is aimed at both South Africans and visitors to South Africa and those who are learning Xhosa from scratch, as well as those who want to brush up their existing skills.

Wherever possible, the communicative aspect of the language has been emphasised to give you a course which is useful and practical. Cultural background and information forms an integral part of the course and will help you get the most out of a visit to South Africa.

The book is divided into 16 units which range from basic functions and language usage in the initial units to a more varied and complex usage in the later units.

Material from Xhosa literature and magazines will broaden the range of your language and will give you the confidence to go beyond the pages of the book.

The book (0 340 87111 3) is accompanied by audio material on two cassettes (0 340 87113 X) or CDs (0 340 91391 6) which are available separately or together with the book in packs (book/cassette pack: 0 340 87112 1; book/CD pack: 0 340 91390 8).

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself; Revised edition edition (21 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340871113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340871119
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,841,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A complete course in Xhosa for beginners and those wanting to improve their speaking, understanding, reading and writing skills

About the Author

Beverley Kirsch has taught Xhosa at the medical schools of the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch as well as at various multinational companies and various other institutions.

Silvia Skorge, linguist, was Associate Professor in the Department of German at the University of the Western Cape and has been involved in producing textbooks in several other languages.

Sindiwe Magona, one of South Africa's well-known contemporary authors, taught Xhosa at school and university level until she took up a position at the United Nations in New York in the 1980s.

Their collaboration spans more than 25 years.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Xhosa Course On The Market 17 Jun 2000
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Having studied a number of African languages, I found that this Teach Yourself Course was one of the best available. It covers in detail the grammar of the Xhosa language through a number of dialogues and detailed explanations plus a few poems and songs.
The cassettes are invaluable too, especially when it comes to those difficult click sounds that occur in Xhosa and other Southern African languages.
All in all, it is a fast, fun and effective course and one that I could definately recommend to any potential Xhosa students!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent language course with interesting texts 28 Nov 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
This is another excellent language course from Teach Yourself. If you would like to learn how to speak, read and write this fascinating language then I can highly recommend this book. You cannot possibly learn a Bantu language without being taught a good deal of grammar, and this book treats that subject in a clear and precise way. The texts are interesting enough to make you want to read on, and are accompanied by interesting facts and photographs from real life.
Xhosa is one of South Africa's 11 official languages. Together with the closely related Zulu it is the most widely spoken native language of South Africa. It was also the language of President Mandela.
Like most languages south of the Sahara it is a Bantu language, which means (inter alia) that it has 15 noun classes and uses lexical tone to distinguish words.
Xhosa, and to a lesser degree Zulu, has borrowed some of the 'click sounds' that are characteristic of the neighbouring but unrelated Khoisan languages. These sounds are difficult to master, and in some cases even difficult for the non-native to distinguish (even if you are a linguist as I am), but they are very fascinating and make the languages that possess them highly expressive.
It is important to have the tape if you want to learn how to speak Xhosa. Especially as the book will only in a very few cases tell you which tones to use. This is the only serious flaw, but it should be remembered, that most language courses that deal with tone languages actually skip tone information in the books, so that is the standard way of doing it. I therefore give this book (with the tape!) 5 stars in spite of the lacking tonal information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 1 July 2003
Format:Audio Cassette
It's great! If you want to learn this graet language that book is for you. Well written, good coursebook. Every unit contains dialogue, vocabulary for everyday conversation, even idiomatic exspressions. Tha pack contains also two cassettes with pronunciation guide and dialogues from the book (of course with mother tongue speakers). So if you want to teach yourself this beautiful language you have to buy it. But remember that Xhosa is a tone langage so if you just want to speak a new language so maybe you should start from, for example, Teach Yourself Swahili from the same publisher (it's even better! ). And if you need to know Xhosa buy also Teach Yourself Zulu and you will find it very useful, because both, Zulu and Xhosa are Bantu languages so you will find many similarities.
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